Phyu Wai Mon, living in Myanmar, was 7 months old when struck by polio. She and her sister were then orphaned at 9 and 6 years of age.
At the age of 29 Phyu Wai Mon received her first wheelchair from The Leprosy Mission Myanmar (TLMM) which she used for about five years. She was no longer dependent on someone carrying her. She worked making and selling chewing tobacco and binding books. TLMM provided training so she could learn to make fabric flowers, however the income was insufficient to support herself and her sister so TLMM introduced her to AAR. At 34, she was able to enter AAR Japan’s (Association for Aid and Relief) Vocational Training Center and took the basic tailoring course. Because she can’t use her legs Phyu Wai Mon was concerned about using the treadle sewing machines. Her instructor however taught her how to pull the belt with her right hand instead. Phyu Wai Mon completed the course and was able to open a shop in her house, earning about $40/month. Phyu Wai Mon has now enrolled in the advanced tailoring course to improve her skills. We are glad to be partnering with AAR Japan so women like Phyu Wai Mon can receive wheelchairs.
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